CGK was basically a social activist who chose a great medium to awaken the people who were victims of vested interests, says social thinker Prof K Marulasiddappa
A series of plays as a part of CGK Amateur Theatre Fest began on Sunday at Bhoomigeetha stage, under the auspices of the state owned theatre institute Rangayana. The fest is organised to commemorate senior theatre personality C G Krishnaswamy (CGK), a popular name in Kannada theatre, renowned for his leftist leanings. Inaugurating the event which will be held till June 19, social thinker Prof K Marulasiddappa highlighted the contributions of CGK. “CGK was basically a social activist who chose a great medium to awaken the people who were victims of vested interests.
He spent all his earnings to nurture new theatre enthusiasts and encourage new ideas in Kannada theatre. CGK had also organised several theatre fests akin to agitations which has witnessed good response from the audience across the state.” ” CGK’s dedication and colourful personality is an inspiration to youth. It is unfortunate that nowadays the younger generation lack dedication towards theatre,” lamented Prof K Marulasiddappa.
Prof K Marulasiddappa showered praises on artistes and technicians too for their contribution to the success of plays. Directors are not the main persons responsible for the success story of any play, but everyone involved in the play is equally important, he added. Speaking at the event, veteran personality Dr H K Ramanath, pointed out the popularity of Kannada theatre in comparison to other language plays in the country. He called upon the younger theater enthusiasts to read books related to theatre and discuss it, so that it helps to have an in-depth understanding in the field. Udupi based theatre troupe headed by Sumanasa Kodavooru pre-sented Darashiko’ directed by Chethan, on the occasion. Deputy Director, Rangayana, Nirmala Matapathi, theatre fest coordinator Mahadev and others were present.
May 22: Uddhara, directed by Manjunatha Badigera, by Bengaluru based troupe Abhinaya Tharanga.
May 29: Dalita Bharatha Kathana, directed by Ajeyagowda, by Shimoga based troupe Cheluvaranga.
June 5: Raktharathri, directed by Shivananda Ingaleshwara, by Delhi based Kannada amateur theatre artists.
June 12: Buddha Prabuddha, directed by Vasudeva Gangera by Samudaya Darawad troupe.
June 19: Agni Aur Barkha, a Hindi play directed by Raani Balbir Kour by Chandigarh based Tagore Theatre Society.
Theatre play is a powerful medium to convey a message and can be used as a tool to rouse public sentiments against unfair practices. – H Janardhan Director, Rangayana
Social thinker Prof K Marulasiddappa offers tribute to CGK at the inauguration of Amateur Theatre Fest at Bhoomigeetha on Sunday. Deputy Director, Rangayana, Nirmala Matapathi, Director Rangayana H Janardhan, veteran personality Dr H K Ramanath, theatre fest coordinator Mahadev and others were present. (Right) `Darashiko’ was staged by Udupi based theatre troupe on the occasion.